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TELO ISLANDS

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"Batu Islands"

"The Telo islands are home to a number of world class waves. The only camp located in the southern area is the "Surfing Village" which has a picture perfect 200m long right hander on its doorstep. It also boasts 15 other waves that are no more than 20 minutes away"

Telo Islands

The Surf

telos surf

The Telo islands is a year round surf destination with the main surf season from April-October

Although the region receives very consistent swell & favorable winds during the main season, the ferocity of the regions waves is a little less intense than that of the Mentawais. Its true to say it's a much smaller surf region than the Mentawais but in general, the line-ups remain quieter, with fewer surf camps and charter boats operating in the area. 

The waves are generally more suited to intermediate level surfers, as the waves tend to be more forgiving than many areas in Indonesia, less life or death and more fun and rippable & generally in the shoulder to head high range. Although it can get very good and there without question some world class barrels, these A-list waves are generally more fickle and need bigger swells to turn on.

Divided into 2 surfing regions - both the North & the South surf zones are each home to around a dozen quality "named" surf spots, totalling around 25 surf breaks as well as another dozen or more tightly guarded secret spots.

Camps & Charter Boats

telos surfing village

Instead of “home stays” – higher end resorts have the run of the land. These resorts actually work with each other (including the charter boats) – and respect each other’s guests – deliberately surfing different waves to keep the crowds to an absolute minimum. It really works well. The ethics in place in the Telos simply don’t exist in the majority of Indonesia. The numerous world class quality surf breaks will often have 2-3 names and their locations rarely pinpointed on maps resulting in a better surf experience for everyone.

To surf the whole of the Telos, you’d need use a charter boat. The surf resorts in the region will usually only surf the Northern area or the Southern area.

Travelling to the Telos

travel to telo islands

Your international flight should arrive into Jakarta, SoekarnoHatta International Airport (CGK) or Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)

From Jakarta or KL, you usually will need to take a further flight to Padang, Minangkabau International Airport (PDG)

It’s about 1hr from Padang airport to downtown Padang where the majority of the hotels are. Some charter boats also depart from the river - but some also depart from Bungus port which is about 1hr from downtown Padang. Some guests will need to overnight in Padang - other guests wont need to depending on arrival and departure flight times.

For more detailed information including airline information, airport transfers and hotels please visit the individual camps or boats listed below.

Surf Ability

As a rule, Sumatra is best explored as an intermediate or advanced surfer although there are some camps that cater for beginners in the Mentawais as well as South Sumatra.

Beginner surfer – can only surf the white water & often misses waves. Leaner’s will wipe out regularly on take-off and whilst riding a wave.

Beginner-intermediate surfer – can catch waves regularly, trimming left & right but without performing many manoeuvres.

Intermediate surfer – Will rarely miss catching a wave & will complete most waves from start to finish. Surfers will perform basic manoeuvres such as a cut-back, re-entry and floater.

Intermediate-advanced surfer - will perform most manoeuvres including getting tubed and sometimes aerial manoeuvres. These surfers are competent on point breaks and reef breaks.

Advanced surfer – are fast, stylish and will make surfing look easy. If they’re not performing aerials, then they will be getting tubed all day long or displaying an array of carves, hacks and flowing turns.

Hazards

Guests should be aware of the following hazards & natural disasters:

Malaria is something that exists but isn’t a problem if guests cover up at dawn & dusk and use plenty of anti-mosquito sprays when not in the surf. Anti-malarial medication can also be taken.

Earthquakes do occur throughout Sumatra on a regular basis. But most of them are non destructive. Most casualties are due to the poor state of its buildings, which 99% of the time, shouldn’t affect any of our guests.

Tsunami’s like the huge one in 2004 are rare. On average, once every five years or so, a large tsunami occurs in “Indonesia”. Generally, damage to the infrastructure exceeds the loss of lives. Most camps in the area have an evacuation plan as well as the charter boats. In fact being on a boat is probably the safest place to be.

Coral Reef – Although it helps shape the mechanical waves of the region, it is also something to be respectful of due it’s sharpness. It’s why we recommend only experienced riders venturing to some of the more dangerous surf spots.

Telo Islands

Surf Breaks

Pasti (South)

Pasti (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Pasti (South)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Pasti is the reason you should come to the Telo Islands. At least for tube hungry riders who are comfortable with big drops, bigger barrels and fast exits. When it’s on, Pasti is something to behold. It’s mesmerising from start to finish whether you’re in the line-up or mind surfing it from the safety of the camp. In glassy or off-shore conditions, it can deliver 3 separate barrel sections starting from the take off, then running into a 2nd very makeable tube section before a final barrel which although also breaks with perfect form – can shut down on the last inside section – you have been warned!

This right hander only really starts to become a real quality wave in the head high region & will peel with perfect form. At 4-6’ it becomes even more lined-up. At 8’ it’s for chargers only as the take off zone remains in the same spot but the wave refuses to get much taller – just thicker. Be sure to check out the section on Andy Irons & co surfing in Blue Horizon (the last section is Pasti)

Rahasia (South)

Rahasia (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Rahasia (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Another of Surfing Village's secret spots, Rahasia is a magical break, located in a protected bay close to shore with an impressive tropical backdrop. Needs a solid South West swell to really light up, this left only needs to be shoulder to head high to be extremely fun, with guaranteed barrels on offer. 

Baga (South)

Baga (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good Fun
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Bagas
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: Year Round

Baga is one of the “go to” waves in the area as it's a reliable swell magnet, has favourable wind conditions and it works on all tides. It's located off a desolate tropical island with translucent water and is very close to Surfing Village. Perfect for pretty much anyone â€" it breaks from 2'-10‘ â€" and offers long playful walls as well as the odd tube section here and there. 

Mibis (South)

Mibis (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Mibs
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Mibs is a very long barrelling wave that only becomes more manageable during larger south-west swells. A superb sight to behold when the swell, wind and tide unite â€" comparisons to Desert point are not uncommon. Certainly not for the faint hearted, bring a bigger board and you might just luck into a freight train tube. This place holds some size.

Lado Lado (South)

Lado Lado (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Lado Lado (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

The secret deep water wave known as Lado Lado, is a thick A-frame left and right peak that can deliver absolute gold from time to time. A relatively short ride, this Hawaiian style throaty tube, barrels from start to finish and what it lacks in length is made up in quality. Somewhat fickle, the wave requires the right tide and swell direction to really fire, but when it's on, it's fully worth having a go â€" especially since it's not particularly shallow. A larger board is required for easy entry into its shifting peak.

Nagadens (South)

Nagadens (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Average
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Nagas
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-5 surfers
Season: April until October

Pasti’s little brother aka Nagas is found just a stone’s throw away. Only separated by a very handy keyhole - this right hander breaks on the same conditions and is often over looked by surfers. Nagas is often at its best when Pasti is doing its thing and so will largely go unnoticed. Although much shorter in length, this spot can often produce quality surf, certainly around the head high range - running down the reef delivering barrel sections and steep walls to throw some turns on. If you fancy surfing alone, then check out the right, you might be surprised with what you find. 

Ceweks (South)

Ceweks (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Average
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Ceweks (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Situated in a protected bay, this left and right peak offers some long walled up waves and is suited for all abilities. Although rarely surfed â€" it's certainly another easy access, softer wave, that's always worth checking out. Needs some West in the swell before lighting up.

Tangguh (South)

Tangguh (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Tangguh (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Tangguh is one of the more reliable waves in the Southern Telos, is very open to the Indian Ocean, picking up year round consistent swell. The wave is the first of 3 right handers in close proximity, breaks on all tides and with a number of take-off spots, the crowd is usually very manageable. Different tides will offer different moods, with each wave often perfect in its own way. Fast walls and various tube sections are always on offer in small, medium and large swells.

Tantang (South)

Tantang (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Tantang (South)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

The middle right-hander located between Tangguh and Tatras. This is by far the fastest, most hollow and shallowest of the three waves. Not as consistent, but certainly the most challenging, surfers can watch in awe as they sit out the back of Tatras whilst mind surfing flawless barrels breaking a few hundred yards away. Advanced chargers only.

Tantras (South)

Tantras (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Skateparks
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year Round

Tantras is a very fun wave that all surfers seem to like. It's located further in the bay than Tantang and Tangguh & it prefers some west in the swell and is pretty consistent from small to medium sized pulses that frequent the area. Ideal at around head high to a foot over head the wave peaks up to form a back door barrel on the take-off before becoming a top turn machine. Rides are mid range in length (100m) with the occasional tube on the inside section. This wave puts a smile on everyone's faces due its dream like synchronised shape & perfect rhythm. 

DAOCAVANACA (South)

DAOCAVANACA (South) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Beach Break
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Beach
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year Round

Usually when the swell drops on a surf trip, spirits fade. But when staying at Surfing Village, it’s the exact opposite, as everyone’s attention turns to the local beach break. Known as "DAOCAVANACA" - it’s a semi secret spot with mesmerisingly clear water, which delivers punchy A-frames across a white sandy beach. It’s an all out tube fest, so don’t expect to be busting turns. Bring a fuller, floatier board to get you into the wave early. It’s all about getting to your feet as fast as possible. When it’s on, it’s a real highlight. 

Facas (Middle)

Facas (Middle) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Facas (Middle)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

If you're not a charger or an advanced tube rider, then it's best to give Facas a miss. But if you're willing to go and you pick the right one, then this extremely photogenic, ultra hollow left will produce some of the best barrels available in the Telo Islands. It's a 100% commitment type of wave, make the drop and pull in, then eject before the inside closes out! Facas ultimately works only on big South West swells â€" and is a good 45 mins by boat to get to. But, if the tides and swell line, you could just get the wave of your life. 

Shhhhh (Middle)

Shhhhh (Middle) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Shhhhh (Middle)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Shhhhh is a relatively new discovery in the Southern Telos. This fast paced reeling right hand tube can offer perhaps some of the most perfect tubes in the region. Another full commitment wave, for advanced riders and tube specialists only, this thick cavernous right hander churns along the reef with raw perfection before shutting on the inside. Shhhh is another sensitive wave that requires specific conditions â€" but certainly a bigger size swell is required for this special wave to light-up. 

The Bubble (North)

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: N/A
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

An uber fun right that can produce some memorable sessions. Although the bubble doesnt require a huge swell, it's still swell sensitive as over head it turns into a surge of water. But around waist to head high it really is an excellent wave offering speed turns and fun tubes. 

Slappers (North)

Wave Quality: Fun
Wave Direction: Left & Right
Also Known As: N/A
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A fairly consistent wave, that lines up in a peak breaking through to a flat safe reef. Most days it's a pretty mellow wave, almost like a beach break over reef, but like this photo shows on it's day it can barrel from take off to pull out.. 

Coconuts (North)

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Le Bar
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

At 3-5' it may be one of the most enjoyable rights in Sumatra. Expect plenty of zippy walls along an idyllic bay covered in coconut palms. Suits all levels due to its forgiving nature & is certainly a favorite for all those that surf this wave. 

Pinnacles (North)

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Pinnacles (North)
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Peaky rights that wrap along an incredible back drop, Pinnacles works from waist up to head high. Reminiscent of Burger World in the Mentawai islands, it's also shifty and confused when the swell is larger. One of the most scenic spots you will ever surf.. 

School Yards (North)

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Left & Right
Also Known As: The Yard
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Made up of several separate waves, all of which work on different swell directions, the "yard" is open to the full brunt of swell & is rarely flat. Expect everything from a "Sunset Beach" style open-ocean peak, to fun whackable rights and lefts, this series of waves is usually a lot of fun.. 

Misho's (North)

Wave Quality: Epic fun
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Churches
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A typical long peeling Sumatran left wrapping its way around a beautiful tropical island. Multiple sections allow plenty of opportunity for big maneuvers and tube. This wave is one of the more consistent breaks in the area and suitable for all levels of surfing. Misho’s can break from 3ft up to anything the ocean will throw with the right conditions.. 

The Boot (North)

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Max's right
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A great wave when all the conditions come together, Max's Right (aka The Shoe) is a fun, bowling wave that offers a long ride on the right swell direction. It can provide everything from workable walls to decent length barrels. Its mood is dependent on the swell direction.. 

Sipika (North)

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: N/A
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A wind sensitive right that requires a good swell to get going. But when the stars align, which they do from time to time, expect an awesome wave with long walls as well as tube sections. Improves with size and can handle just about anything mother nature throws at it. . 

GT's (Middle)

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Rangas
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Telo Surf Villa is just steps away from arguably the areas best right hander - Hill Bus Station (aka Rangas, GT's). Its a super fun wave that even at chest high is a lot of fun. Over 5' things get more serious but 95% of the time it'll be 2-4'. And whats more is that there's no sketchy inside & it's a 2 minute paddle out to the line-up!. 

DC's (North)

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Depth Chargers
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Located on the same island as "Resort Latitude Zero", DC's is arguably one of the best waves in Sumatra. That said, it's extremely fickle & you've probably got more chance of seeing a Sumatran tiger. Its also only suited for the most advanced and experienced surfers, as although perfect, its one of the heaviest and shallowest waves around. But if you're up for the challenge & you're lucky enough to score it, expect world class perfect tubes of more than 100m long.. 

Surf Camps

Telos Surfing Village  Surf Camp

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Telos Surfing Village

Telo Islands

With a limit of 12 surfers per trip, expect some of the least crowded line-ups in the whole of Indonesia...

Surfers From: USD 275  232 pp / night

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Charter Boats

Sola Gracia Charters

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Sola Gracia

Perfect for groups of 8-12 guests, the Sola Gracia had a recent refit and is incredible value for money

From: USD 3600  3454 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 11 / Min 8 guests

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Indo Satu Charters

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Indo Satu

The Indo Satu is an 80' motor cruiser that is perfect for groups of 7-9 guests. Built in 2015 she remains one of the newest surf charter boats operating in Sumatra.

From: USD 3500  3150 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 9 / Min 7 guests

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Saraina Charters

Saraina

Saraina is a 64' motor cruiser that is perfect for groups of 6-9 guests & those looking for great value.

From: USD 3150 pp / night
5-14 days surfing / 4-13 nights
Max 10 / Min 6 guests

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Huey Charters

Huey

The Huey is an 82' ex customs patrol vessel that was built & launched by the Japanese Government in '78 & is also one of the faster boats servicing the Islands.


10-12 days surfing / 11-13 nights
Max 12 / Min 10 guests

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Nomad Charters

Nomad

The Nomad surf charter is skippered by an Australian and is perfect for small groups of 6-8 guests.

From: USD 2999 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 8 / Min 6 guests

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Kaimana 2 Charters

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Kaimana 2

Built in 2013, The Kaimana 2 is a spacious charter boat that specialises in trips to the Mentawais & Telo Islands

From: USD 2770  2280 pp / night
8 days surfing / 9 nights
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

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Santana Laut Charters

Santana Laut

The Santana Laut boasts gourmet level food, first class Aussie skippers, 8 (a/c) cabins as well as 2 indoor social areas.

From: USD 4200 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 12 / Min 10 guests

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Moon Palikir Charters

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Moon Palikir

If you're looking for that something extra from your Mentawai experience, then the MP just might be the answer...

From: USD 2890  2600 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

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Nusa Dewata Charters

Nusa Dewata

The Nusa Dewata is all about scoring uncrowded surf where the larger charters simply can't compete...

From: USD 3400 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 6 / Min 4 guests (7 on request)

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Naga Laut Charters

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Naga Laut

Built in 1999, the Sea Dragon was designed exclusively for upmarket surf charters...

From: USD 2500  2099 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

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Melaleuca Charters

Melaleuca

Built in 2007, The Melaleuca is a spacious charter boat that specialises in trips to the Mentawais & Telo Islands

From: USD 1650 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 14 / Min 8 guests

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Maki Charters

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Maki

Built in 2017, Maki is a large 105' "Phinisi" style sail boat that is perfect for groups of 11 guests or less.

From: USD 3300  2600 pp / night
10-12 days surfing / 11-13 nights
Max 11 / Min 7 guests

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Ismari Charters

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Ismari

An 85' teak and iron wood phinisi surf charter, the Ismari can comfortably sleep 8 guests within its 5 a/c cabins.

From: USD 2200  1950 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 10 / Min 6 guests

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Jiwa Charters

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Jiwa

The Jiwa is a 75' traditional phinisi surf charter boat that can comfortably sleep 8-10 guests.

From: USD 2530  2330 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 10 / Min 8 guests

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King Millenium 2 Charters

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King Millenium 2

KM2 is an Aussie built surf charter catamaran that can comfortably sleep 8 to 12 guests in its 4 guest cabins

From: USD 2950  2850 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 12 / Min 8 guests

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Bintang Charters

Bintang

The Bintang is one of the largest & longest serving charter boats in the West Sumatra region...

From: USD 3999 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 14 / Min 10 guests

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MV Addiction Charters

MV Addiction

The Addiction is the most luxurious surf charter in the Mentawai Islands as well as being one of the fastest...

From: USD 3750 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 12 / Min 10 guests

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Santa Lusia Charters

Santa Lusia

Santa Lusia is a popular Mentawai surf charter ideal for budget conscious groups of up to 10 guests

From: USD 2500 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 11 / Min 7 guests

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Kuda Laut Charters

Kuda Laut

The Kuda Laut had a recent refit and is ideal for small groups looking to explore the Mentawai & Telos...

From: USD 2100 pp / night
10 days surfing / 11 nights
Max 7 / Min 5 guests

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Aileoita  Charters

Aileoita

The Aileoita 1, is a modern & comfortable surf charter that can host groups of 8 to 10 surfers...

From: USD 2500 pp / night
11 days surfing / 12 nights
Max 10 / Min 8 guests

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telos surf

The Telo islands is a year round surf destination with the main surf season from April-October

Although the region receives very consistent swell & favorable winds during the main season, the ferocity of the regions waves is a little less intense than that of the Mentawais. Its true to say it's a much smaller surf region than the Mentawais but in general, the line-ups remain quieter, with fewer surf camps and charter boats operating in the area. 

The waves are generally more suited to intermediate level surfers, as the waves tend to be more forgiving than many areas in Indonesia, less life or death and more fun and rippable & generally in the shoulder to head high range. Although it can get very good and there without question some world class barrels, these A-list waves are generally more fickle and need bigger swells to turn on.

Divided into 2 surfing regions - both the North & the South surf zones are each home to around a dozen quality "named" surf spots, totalling around 25 surf breaks as well as another dozen or more tightly guarded secret spots.

telos surfing village

Instead of “home stays” – higher end resorts have the run of the land. These resorts actually work with each other (including the charter boats) – and respect each other’s guests – deliberately surfing different waves to keep the crowds to an absolute minimum. It really works well. The ethics in place in the Telos simply don’t exist in the majority of Indonesia. The numerous world class quality surf breaks will often have 2-3 names and their locations rarely pinpointed on maps resulting in a better surf experience for everyone.

To surf the whole of the Telos, you’d need use a charter boat. The surf resorts in the region will usually only surf the Northern area or the Southern area.

travel to telo islands

Your international flight should arrive into Jakarta, SoekarnoHatta International Airport (CGK) or Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)

From Jakarta or KL, you usually will need to take a further flight to Padang, Minangkabau International Airport (PDG)

It’s about 1hr from Padang airport to downtown Padang where the majority of the hotels are. Some charter boats also depart from the river - but some also depart from Bungus port which is about 1hr from downtown Padang. Some guests will need to overnight in Padang - other guests wont need to depending on arrival and departure flight times.

For more detailed information including airline information, airport transfers and hotels please visit the individual camps or boats listed below.

As a rule, Sumatra is best explored as an intermediate or advanced surfer although there are some camps that cater for beginners in the Mentawais as well as South Sumatra.

Beginner surfer – can only surf the white water & often misses waves. Leaner’s will wipe out regularly on take-off and whilst riding a wave.

Beginner-intermediate surfer – can catch waves regularly, trimming left & right but without performing many manoeuvres.

Intermediate surfer – Will rarely miss catching a wave & will complete most waves from start to finish. Surfers will perform basic manoeuvres such as a cut-back, re-entry and floater.

Intermediate-advanced surfer - will perform most manoeuvres including getting tubed and sometimes aerial manoeuvres. These surfers are competent on point breaks and reef breaks.

Advanced surfer – are fast, stylish and will make surfing look easy. If they’re not performing aerials, then they will be getting tubed all day long or displaying an array of carves, hacks and flowing turns.

Guests should be aware of the following hazards & natural disasters:

Malaria is something that exists but isn’t a problem if guests cover up at dawn & dusk and use plenty of anti-mosquito sprays when not in the surf. Anti-malarial medication can also be taken.

Earthquakes do occur throughout Sumatra on a regular basis. But most of them are non destructive. Most casualties are due to the poor state of its buildings, which 99% of the time, shouldn’t affect any of our guests.

Tsunami’s like the huge one in 2004 are rare. On average, once every five years or so, a large tsunami occurs in “Indonesia”. Generally, damage to the infrastructure exceeds the loss of lives. Most camps in the area have an evacuation plan as well as the charter boats. In fact being on a boat is probably the safest place to be.

Coral Reef – Although it helps shape the mechanical waves of the region, it is also something to be respectful of due it’s sharpness. It’s why we recommend only experienced riders venturing to some of the more dangerous surf spots.

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: World Class
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Pasti (South)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Pasti is the reason you should come to the Telo Islands. At least for tube hungry riders who are comfortable with big drops, bigger barrels and fast exits. When it’s on, Pasti is something to behold. It’s mesmerising from start to finish whether you’re in the line-up or mind surfing it from the safety of the camp. In glassy or off-shore conditions, it can deliver 3 separate barrel sections starting from the take off, then running into a 2nd very makeable tube section before a final barrel which although also breaks with perfect form – can shut down on the last inside section – you have been warned!

This right hander only really starts to become a real quality wave in the head high region & will peel with perfect form. At 4-6’ it becomes even more lined-up. At 8’ it’s for chargers only as the take off zone remains in the same spot but the wave refuses to get much taller – just thicker. Be sure to check out the section on Andy Irons & co surfing in Blue Horizon (the last section is Pasti)

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Rahasia (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Another of Surfing Village's secret spots, Rahasia is a magical break, located in a protected bay close to shore with an impressive tropical backdrop. Needs a solid South West swell to really light up, this left only needs to be shoulder to head high to be extremely fun, with guaranteed barrels on offer. 

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good Fun
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Bagas
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: Year Round

Baga is one of the “go to” waves in the area as it's a reliable swell magnet, has favourable wind conditions and it works on all tides. It's located off a desolate tropical island with translucent water and is very close to Surfing Village. Perfect for pretty much anyone â€" it breaks from 2'-10‘ â€" and offers long playful walls as well as the odd tube section here and there. 

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Mibs
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Mibs is a very long barrelling wave that only becomes more manageable during larger south-west swells. A superb sight to behold when the swell, wind and tide unite â€" comparisons to Desert point are not uncommon. Certainly not for the faint hearted, bring a bigger board and you might just luck into a freight train tube. This place holds some size.

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Lado Lado (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

The secret deep water wave known as Lado Lado, is a thick A-frame left and right peak that can deliver absolute gold from time to time. A relatively short ride, this Hawaiian style throaty tube, barrels from start to finish and what it lacks in length is made up in quality. Somewhat fickle, the wave requires the right tide and swell direction to really fire, but when it's on, it's fully worth having a go â€" especially since it's not particularly shallow. A larger board is required for easy entry into its shifting peak.

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Average
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Nagas
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-5 surfers
Season: April until October

Pasti’s little brother aka Nagas is found just a stone’s throw away. Only separated by a very handy keyhole - this right hander breaks on the same conditions and is often over looked by surfers. Nagas is often at its best when Pasti is doing its thing and so will largely go unnoticed. Although much shorter in length, this spot can often produce quality surf, certainly around the head high range - running down the reef delivering barrel sections and steep walls to throw some turns on. If you fancy surfing alone, then check out the right, you might be surprised with what you find. 

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Average
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Ceweks (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

Situated in a protected bay, this left and right peak offers some long walled up waves and is suited for all abilities. Although rarely surfed â€" it's certainly another easy access, softer wave, that's always worth checking out. Needs some West in the swell before lighting up.

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Tangguh (South)
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Tangguh is one of the more reliable waves in the Southern Telos, is very open to the Indian Ocean, picking up year round consistent swell. The wave is the first of 3 right handers in close proximity, breaks on all tides and with a number of take-off spots, the crowd is usually very manageable. Different tides will offer different moods, with each wave often perfect in its own way. Fast walls and various tube sections are always on offer in small, medium and large swells.

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Tantang (South)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-10 surfers
Season: April until October

The middle right-hander located between Tangguh and Tatras. This is by far the fastest, most hollow and shallowest of the three waves. Not as consistent, but certainly the most challenging, surfers can watch in awe as they sit out the back of Tatras whilst mind surfing flawless barrels breaking a few hundred yards away. Advanced chargers only.

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Skateparks
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Very
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year Round

Tantras is a very fun wave that all surfers seem to like. It's located further in the bay than Tantang and Tangguh & it prefers some west in the swell and is pretty consistent from small to medium sized pulses that frequent the area. Ideal at around head high to a foot over head the wave peaks up to form a back door barrel on the take-off before becoming a top turn machine. Rides are mid range in length (100m) with the occasional tube on the inside section. This wave puts a smile on everyone's faces due its dream like synchronised shape & perfect rhythm. 

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left and Right
Also Known As: Beach Break
Experience: Intermediate+
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: Beach
Crowd: 5-20 surfers
Season: Year Round

Usually when the swell drops on a surf trip, spirits fade. But when staying at Surfing Village, it’s the exact opposite, as everyone’s attention turns to the local beach break. Known as "DAOCAVANACA" - it’s a semi secret spot with mesmerisingly clear water, which delivers punchy A-frames across a white sandy beach. It’s an all out tube fest, so don’t expect to be busting turns. Bring a fuller, floatier board to get you into the wave early. It’s all about getting to your feet as fast as possible. When it’s on, it’s a real highlight. 

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Facas (Middle)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

If you're not a charger or an advanced tube rider, then it's best to give Facas a miss. But if you're willing to go and you pick the right one, then this extremely photogenic, ultra hollow left will produce some of the best barrels available in the Telo Islands. It's a 100% commitment type of wave, make the drop and pull in, then eject before the inside closes out! Facas ultimately works only on big South West swells â€" and is a good 45 mins by boat to get to. But, if the tides and swell line, you could just get the wave of your life. 

DC's (North) surf break Sumatra

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Shhhhh (Middle)
Experience: Advanced
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Shhhhh is a relatively new discovery in the Southern Telos. This fast paced reeling right hand tube can offer perhaps some of the most perfect tubes in the region. Another full commitment wave, for advanced riders and tube specialists only, this thick cavernous right hander churns along the reef with raw perfection before shutting on the inside. Shhhh is another sensitive wave that requires specific conditions â€" but certainly a bigger size swell is required for this special wave to light-up. 

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: N/A
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

An uber fun right that can produce some memorable sessions. Although the bubble doesnt require a huge swell, it's still swell sensitive as over head it turns into a surge of water. But around waist to head high it really is an excellent wave offering speed turns and fun tubes. 

Wave Quality: Fun
Wave Direction: Left & Right
Also Known As: N/A
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A fairly consistent wave, that lines up in a peak breaking through to a flat safe reef. Most days it's a pretty mellow wave, almost like a beach break over reef, but like this photo shows on it's day it can barrel from take off to pull out.. 

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Le Bar
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

At 3-5' it may be one of the most enjoyable rights in Sumatra. Expect plenty of zippy walls along an idyllic bay covered in coconut palms. Suits all levels due to its forgiving nature & is certainly a favorite for all those that surf this wave. 

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Pinnacles (North)
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Peaky rights that wrap along an incredible back drop, Pinnacles works from waist up to head high. Reminiscent of Burger World in the Mentawai islands, it's also shifty and confused when the swell is larger. One of the most scenic spots you will ever surf.. 

Wave Quality: Super fun
Wave Direction: Left & Right
Also Known As: The Yard
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Made up of several separate waves, all of which work on different swell directions, the "yard" is open to the full brunt of swell & is rarely flat. Expect everything from a "Sunset Beach" style open-ocean peak, to fun whackable rights and lefts, this series of waves is usually a lot of fun.. 

Wave Quality: Epic fun
Wave Direction: Left
Also Known As: Churches
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A typical long peeling Sumatran left wrapping its way around a beautiful tropical island. Multiple sections allow plenty of opportunity for big maneuvers and tube. This wave is one of the more consistent breaks in the area and suitable for all levels of surfing. Misho’s can break from 3ft up to anything the ocean will throw with the right conditions.. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Max's right
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A great wave when all the conditions come together, Max's Right (aka The Shoe) is a fun, bowling wave that offers a long ride on the right swell direction. It can provide everything from workable walls to decent length barrels. Its mood is dependent on the swell direction.. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: N/A
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Inconsistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

A wind sensitive right that requires a good swell to get going. But when the stars align, which they do from time to time, expect an awesome wave with long walls as well as tube sections. Improves with size and can handle just about anything mother nature throws at it. . 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Rangas
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Average
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Telo Surf Villa is just steps away from arguably the areas best right hander - Hill Bus Station (aka Rangas, GT's). Its a super fun wave that even at chest high is a lot of fun. Over 5' things get more serious but 95% of the time it'll be 2-4'. And whats more is that there's no sketchy inside & it's a 2 minute paddle out to the line-up!. 

Wave Quality: Very Good
Wave Direction: Right
Also Known As: Depth Chargers
Experience: Intermediate
Consistency: Consistent
Wave Type: reef
Crowd: 0-15 surfers
Season: April until October

Located on the same island as "Resort Latitude Zero", DC's is arguably one of the best waves in Sumatra. That said, it's extremely fickle & you've probably got more chance of seeing a Sumatran tiger. Its also only suited for the most advanced and experienced surfers, as although perfect, its one of the heaviest and shallowest waves around. But if you're up for the challenge & you're lucky enough to score it, expect world class perfect tubes of more than 100m long.. 

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  • Perfect world class surf
  • Calm year round winds
  • Numerous surf breaks
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  • Not many local surfers
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